Under new strategic leadership the Purchasing Manager reports to the Director, Purchasing and Contracts. This position is responsible for supervising and assisting with administering a centralized purchasing program for procurement of goods and services for the College of Lake County using various methods, in compliance with federal, state, and local laws, and College Board Policy. Responds to a range of inquiries regarding processes, requisitions/Purchase Orders or bid status; negotiating terms and conditions with vendors and/or service providers; and assist with achieving department objectives and goals within budget.
The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college located in northeastern Illinois committed to being an innovative educational institution providing life-changing paths for our students by offering exceptional learning experiences. The college is widely recognized for student success, business and community partnerships, and for the achievements of our faculty, staff and alumni.
CLC offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits that currently include BlueCross/BlueShield of Illinois health, Delta dental and Superior vision insurance plans, tuition support for employees and qualified family members, a state pension plan, two retirement plans, disability, group and supplemental life insurance, health and dependent care flexible spending account plans, a four-day work week in the summer (Fridays off!), generous vacation, sick and personal time off and 13 paid holidays each year.
1. Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain or related field with three (3) years’ experience within a public or higher education industry OR an Associate’s Degree with five (5) years’ experience within a public or higher education industry.
2. A minimum of one (1) year progressively responsible purchasing experience of goods and services, including contract and bid negotiation experience.
3. A minimum of two (2) years’ supervisory experience.
4. Solid understanding of government or higher education purchasing and contracts with applicable knowledge of federal, state, and local laws.
5. Must possess applied knowledge of the principles, practices, and methods of public purchasing and bid procedures, along with knowledge of contract language and ability to interpret the intent.
6. Demonstrated knowledge and experience using an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, including running queries.
7. Requires intermediate Excel and Word skills, and internet research skills.
8. Analytical skills as well as the ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and delegate functions to staff.
9. Effective interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills with a demonstrated ability to influence.
10. Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge, and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, gender, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of the students we serve and sensitivity to and knowledge and understanding of groups historically underrepresented.
11. Demonstrated commitment to sustainability.
12. Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise sound judgment and discretion.
13. A valid driver's license.
Other requirements of the position: Position requires occasional local, regional and national travel; extended use of computers; and regular public contact – in person, telephone and electronic correspondence.
Proven ability to work effectively and constructively with persons of diverse cultures, language groups, and abilities; demonstrate sensitivity to and ability to work with the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff, including those with disabilities; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
1. Two (2) years of supervisory/lead experience in procurement within public or higher education.
2. Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) through the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing or other relevant certification.
3. Working knowledge and hands on experience with PeopleSoft Finance System.
4. Advanced experience using Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
5. Knowledge of building materials, equipment and maintenance repair.
6. Experience developing policies, procedures and training materials.
7. Experience with quality assurance programs.
8. Bilingual Spanish.
The College of Lake County is an equal opportunity employer and has a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, it seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including minorities, women and people with disabilities. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V
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